How we measure our lives in musicians
In my monthly essay for Standpoint, out now, I look at the way musicians represent milestones in our lives. Waiting for a prescription in a hospital pharmacy in the dying days of 2016, I saw a young woman stacking shelves with toothpaste and analgesics. “First concert I ever went to,” she announced to me, unprompted. […]
Dean of music gets an upgrade
From the University of the Pacific, California: Peter Witte has been appointed Dean of the Conservatory of Music. Peter comes to us from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), where he has served as the Dean of their internationally renowned Conservatory of Music and Dance since 2008. He brings with him a record of increasing […]
An international soprano is told her husband is dying
The New Zealand soprano Anna Leese, who has sung at Covent Garden and across Europe, recently married an Italian winemaker, Stefano Guidi, They have a small child. Stefano has received terrible news. He has an aggressive form of Motor Neurone Disease that is advancing fast. He has two years to live, they have been […]
Watch: Andris Nelsons goes back to the trumpet
The Boston Symphony music director has taken up the instrument in public for the first time since he was in his early twenties in Latvia. His duet partner is BSO principal trumpet, Thomas Rolfs
Conductor beaten up in Cultural Revolution dies at 99
Huang Feili returned to China from the US in 1951, believing in Mao’s vision. Thirteen years later he was attacked for being a spy, beaten up by his Beijing students and treated as a non-person for several years. Huang has died in Hong Kong, at a great age.
Pic of the week: Strauss, with loaded guns
The President of the Russian Shooting Federation – a gun lobby, of sorts – prepares for his solo moment in Strauss’s Radetzky March. Live concert, live ammunition?
Boston keeps on growing Tanglewood
They’ve announced another $30 million building. press release: The Boston Symphony Orchestra announces a major new investment in the future of Tanglewood that will broaden its reputation as one of the premier festivals in the world and famed summer home of the BSO since 1937, as well as that of its acclaimed summer music […]
Ex-orchestra manager starts up as tour guide
Stephen Carpenter learned a lot about Mendelssohn when he was general manager of the Orchestra Age of Enlightenment. So much detail that he’s now guiding Mendelssohn tours in Scotland. See here.
A Cleveland conductor has died
The death has been announced of Carlton Woods, a well-liked conductor who lived in Cleveland. At the time of his death he was artistic director of Blue Water Chamber Orchestra. Before that, he was director of orchestral studies at Central Michigan University and music director of the North Arkansas Symphony.
Sad news: Minnesota’s loyal maestro died today, aged 93
Stanisław Skrowaczewski died on 21 February 2017, at the age of 93. In a long and well-loved career, he was principal conductor of the Hall Orchestra and music director in Minneapolis, where he returned every season until this year. Official biography follows. Born in 1923 in Lwów, Poland, Skrowaczewski began piano and violin studies […]